US adds Syrian MP to sanctions list for Assad ties

By REUTERS
August 4, 2011 20:12

 
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WASHINGTON - The United States extended its sanctions against Syria on Thursday to include a prominent Syrian businessman and member of parliament whom the US Treasury accused of acting as a front for the interests of President Bashar Assad and his brother.

The Treasury said it added Muhammad Hamsho and his holding company, the Hamsho International Group, to its sanctions list, barring US transactions with them and seeking to freeze any assets they may have under US jurisdiction.

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